Fraser Valley (Southwest BC Region)

While the Trans Canada Trail in the Fraser Valley is essentially in place, planners across the Southwest Region are still collaborating in a variety of ways to ensure the Trail's continuity or integrity. As time goes on, the Fraser Valley communities increasingly find ways to add interest to the Trans Canada Trail by adding or enhancing features and to enrich the discovery process such as the integration of the Trans Canada Trail into the Experience the Fraser Project.

The Southwest Region has much to offer to the Trans Canada Trail enthusiast in its more than 600-kilometre section including alternates for cycling and equestrians. Some of the features of the Trail in the Fraser Valley include:

  • the Matsqui Trail and The Discovery Trail over Sumas Mountain and the Sumas River dike trail in Abbotsford;
  • the Vedder River Rotary Trail, a major heronry display center, and Cultus Lake in Chilliwack;
  • the Chilliwack River Valley, Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park, the Silverhope River Valley to Hope;
  • the Othello Tunnels in the Coquihalla Canyon Regional Park, the start of the Kettle Valley rail trail;
  • finally, from here, sections of the Kettle Valley rail trail are experienced via the Coquihalla Summit on the way to Brookmere.

The Trans Canada Trail in the Southwest Region offers a myriad of connections to other important city, regional and provincial parks, and a number of trail loops and alternative routes, many of which are described on our website.

The experiences offered along the Southwest Region are remarkably rich and varied. Natural sea shores, salmon bearing streams and hatcheries, working forests and rivers, first and second growth forests, rain and alpine forests, marshland and polders, farmland, meadows, bird sanctuaries, cultural and heritage opportunities, spectacular vistas, mountains, valleys, waterways, and major water crossings are some of the unforgettable experiences to savour.

While the whole trail can be cycled over a variety of terrain some of it is better experienced on foot. Fort Langley to Cultus Lake is next travelled on a bicycle, the Chilliwack River Valley, Paleface Pass into the Silverhope Valley on foot and the rest on bicycle.

Report a Trail Closure


Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

Would it be unwise to continue through the closure or blockage? You may add more detail in your report.
Please enter your trail closure report. Include a GPS location or a detailed description of its precise location.
JPG format only, 3 MB max. You must click "upload" after selecting file.
If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so!